The book of Ecclesiastes and Psalm 49 speak of the futility of worldliness – amassing wealth, pride and prestige.  At death we depart this life empty-handed, so it is futile to only consider this life (Job 1:21).  Evaluate our existence from the eternal perspective, for “What does it profit a person if they gain the whole world but lose their own soul” while storing up treasure on earth and making no provision for their soul in the next life by turning to God for salvation (Mt 6:20, 16:26; Lk 12:16-21). It is pointless to think heaven can be reached by various alternative routes – there is no other way or method except through Christ (Prov 14:12; Jn 10:9, 14:6; Act 4:12; Eph 2:8,9).  

“All my work is meaningless” said a disillusioned man but people can find satisfaction in their work if done with the right attitude – “As unto the Lord (Eccl 2:11,24, 3:13,22, 5:18; Col 3:23). “Labour is futile unless the Lord

Don’t live for what is of no eternal benefit

builds” the house” (Ps 127:1). We are expected to work, although what we are involved in is only of lasting value if it is ‘of God’ – conforming to His will and purpose. Only what’s done for Christ and with His enabling will remain (Zech 4:6; 1 Cor 3:10-15). Saul tried to do things his own way but this was not acceptable to God (1 Sam 15:17-23). Operating and walking in the flesh does not meet with God’s approval and it is futile to engage in unanswerable questions and controversial theological ideas (Rom 8:8; Tit 3:9). We need to be in tune with Him so we know what He is doing and can walk in step.

“If Christ has not been raised from the dead our salvation is worthless” (1 Cor 15:13-19).  However, praise God He rose!

See also: disillusioned, effort, vain, worthless.